Paint the Towne to open at Cambridge Market

WICHITA — Why spend the evening merely eating and drinking with your friends when you can paint, too?

That’s Jessie Sterling’s attitude, and it’s why she’s opening Paint the Towne at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb in August.

Sterling will offer painting packages where groups, with the help of an artist at the shop, can paint on canvases while visiting, too.

“It’s not necessarily all about the painting,” Sterling says. “It’s more about socializing and hanging out with friends and having a good time.”

Sterling envisions friends gathering for fun or children having parties there.

She was inspired to start the shop after she went to a similar one in San Antonio.

“It was just a blast,” Sterling says.

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Cinnamon’s Deli to open Thursday near west-side Lowe’s

WICHITA — Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Long John Silver’s Freshside Grille are getting lots of attention for opening next week in front of Lowe’s near 29th Street North and Maize Road.

But that doesn’t bother Cinnamon’s Deli owner Larry Wilson, who is opening in the same building Thursday.

“I’m going to beat ’em,” Wilson says.

This is his fourth Cinnamon’s in Wichita.

“I like the traffic count,” Wilson says of the area.

There may be a lot of other restaurants there, he says, but “there’s a lot of customers also.”

Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the lease.

Wilson, who opened his first Cinnamon’s in 1986, hopes to open two more here and possibly one in Derby. Don’t look for the new restaurants anytime soon, though.

With a tight market for financing, Wilson says, “I’m going to have to pull back . . . for a little while.”

Cinnamon’s Deli to join Five Guys and Long John Silver’s near northwest Lowe’s

WICHITA — A third restaurant is joining Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Long John Silver’s Freshside Grille in front of Lowe’s near 29th and Maize.

Cinnamon’s Deli will open in 2,400 square feet next to Five Guys, which will anchor the south end of the strip center there.

Long John Silver’s anchors the north end.

Central Park Place Retail is developing the 8,960-square-foot center.

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate are principals in Central Park. Cook Construction is the builder.

They broke ground on the project Wednesday.

At a time that not many strip centers are under construction — and many are sitting empty — Ablah thinks “the exciting tenants that we have with this kind of location” is why he and Saville are able to proceed with theirs.

The center is 81 percent leased. There’s 1,680 square feet left to lease, and Ablah and Saville are open to either a restaurant or retail.

Look for the new restaurants to open in early 2010.